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Judge rejects effort by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to get records from Catholic church

FILE - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson arrives for a bill signing on April 27, 2023, at the University of Washington’s Hans Rosling Center for Population Health in Seattle. A Washington state judge said Friday, July 12, 2024 that Ferguson is not entitled to enforce a subpoena seeking decades of records from the Seattle Archdiocese, despite his assertion that the records are needed to learn whether the Catholic church used charitable trust funds to cover up sexual abuse by priests. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, File)   BY  GENE JOHNSON Updated 9:19 PM EDT, July 12, 2024 SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge said Friday that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is not entitled to enforce a subpoena seeking decades of records from the Seattle Archdiocese, despite his assertion that the records are needed to learn whether the Catholic church used charitable trust funds to cover up sexual abuse by priests.

Vatican Decision On Allegations Against Cardinal John Dew “A Whitewash.” Abuse Survivors Publish Letter Of Complaint

For immediate release, New Zealand, 8 July 2024 The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in Aotearoa New Zealand, known as SNAP, has made public its letter to the Vatican about a presumed investigation into child sexual assault allegations against Cardinal John Dew, former Archbishop of Wellington.SNAP wrote to the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith’s Disciplinary Sector, Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, responsible for dealing with sexual abuse complaints against clergy.  A copy of the letter was published on the SNAP Oceania website.The letter expressed concerns that the Dicastery interviewed only the alleged offender and that another coverup has occurred, this time between the New Zealand Catholic hierarchy, the Vatican, and a Catholic Religious Order known as the Sisters of Mercy. “To say that your current outcome is a whitewash is an understatement,” SNAP wrote to Fernández. “Protecting the hierarchy at the expense of the people makes it plain that the bona fides of the Dicastery are skewed in favour the hierarchy,” the survivors said. The letter also urged the Dicastery to reopen this matter. “We urge the Dicastery to publish its report on John Dew. Justice must not only be done, but it must also be seen to be done,” the letter stressed.

SCOTUS rules US bankruptcy law only shields those who sought its protection; SNAP applauds decision

For immediate release: June 27, 2024 The Supreme Court of the United States today ruled that “U.S. bankruptcy law doesn't afford bankruptcy courts the kind of power needed to block lawsuits against parties who haven't filed for bankruptcy.” SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, believes the Court made the correct decision, and that it will help survivors whose lawsuits for child sexual abuse have been shifted into bankruptcy court. The ruling in the case invalidated a bankruptcy deal involving Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin, and members of the Sackler family, who owned the drug firm. However, it is likely to impact the resolution of other bankruptcy cases as well. Institutions like the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts, that filed for protection in the wake of thousands of lawsuits for child sexual abuse, will be affected by this decision. In fact, both filed briefs in support of upholding the Purdue Pharma deal.

Church Redress Further Fails Abuse Survivors. Complainant In Pastoral Healing Process Receives Letter From Church Lawyer

For immediate release, New Zealand, 24 June 2024 The New Zealand Catholic Church’s National Safeguarding and Professional Standards Committee (NSPSC), responsible for the Church’s sexual abuse redress protocol—TEHOUHANGA RONGO / A PATH TO HEALING (APTH), together with the Church’s National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) set up to coordinate responses to complaints under APTH, have been accused by survivors of foiling complaints, reports the survivors advocacy network SNAP. Victims and survivors of clerical and religious sexual abuse who decided to reach out to the New Zealand Catholic Church for healing, say church investigations into their complaints are being obstructed by NSPSC and NOPS, as the principles established in APTH are still not being properly observed, and APTH procedures are still not being followed. SNAP reports that one APTH complainant recently received a letter from a lawyer instructed by both NSPSC and NOPS threatening to “discontinue the inquiry into your complaints,” after the complainant questioned NOPS’s handling of the investigative process. The complainant claimed, “investigators were prevented by NOPS from gathering the evidence and making the necessary inquiries.”

SNAP Media Event Thursday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. in Sedalia

Victims want to meet with statewide school group They ask Pettis Co. sheriff to consider investigating facility Self-help group warns parents about boarding schools for 'troubled' kids WHAT Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will harshly criticize a local man who runs both a --a boarding school for 'troubled' kids in Pettis County and --a statewide industry group for owners and operators of similar facilities, at least five of which have generated headlines in recent years because of repeated prosecutions, lawsuits and news reports about the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of children at the schools. A few months ago, the local man also spearheaded an effort to eviscerate "the few and new bare bones protections" Missouri legislators set up for these facilities, many of which are for-profit, privately-owned and 'under the radar' in rural counties across the state. The victims will also ask --the Pettis County sheriff to consider investigating the nearby facility, particularly if the sheriff is aware of any complaints, --the school owners' group to meet with them, and --prod anyone who has 'seen, suspected or suffered' crimes in any Christian or private boarding school in Missouri to 'come forward as soon as possible to trusted sources of help, like friends, family, therapists, police, prosecutors or support groups.' WHEN Thursday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. WHERE On the sidewalk outside the Pettis County Sheriff’s office, 319 S. Lamine Ave. in Sedalia, MO WHO Two-three people including --a Sedalia woman whose sibling was molested by a clergyman and --a Missouri man who was sexually abused as a child by a cleric and who for 30 years headed a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

SNAP abuse lawsuit & presser, tomorrow, Wed, 6/26 @ 1:15 in KC MO

Shocking child abuse lawsuit filed vs. shuttered facility It’s 1 of 5 recently troubled MO 'Christian' boarding schools SNAP to AG: 'Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! Do SOMETHING!' Victims also blast AG Bailey for 'ducking & dodging' on their requests They again ask for 'a new, voluntary, unannounced inspection system' Using chalk, they’ll write criminally charged abusers’ names on sidewalk WHAT Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, abuse survivors will: --announce the filing of a shocking new child abuse and cover up lawsuit against a now-shuttered southwest Missouri 'Christian' boarding school where several ex-staffers have recently been arrested and face criminal charges, and They will also try to hand deliver a letter to Missouri’s attorney general  urging him to ask school owners to allow voluntary but unannounced inspections of their facilities by independent children’s groups and law enforcement personnel (including the Highway Patrol), and blasting him for 'repeatedly ignoring' requests they’ve made of him that they believe will 'help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.' Afterwards, using chalk, they will write the names of at least ten ex-staffers from Christian boarding schools across Missouri who have been arrested or convicted in recent years (four of whom were charged just this year).  WHEN Wednesday, June 26 at 1:15 p.m.  WHERE In Kansas City MO, on the sidewalk outside the Missouri attorney general’s office, 615 E. 13th Street, (between Cherry and Holmes) (816-889-5000)  WHO Three-four child sex abuse victims including a Missouri man who for 30 years headed a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) 

NEWS CONF MON 6/17- Clergy sex abuse victims blast SD bishop

Clergy sex abuse victims blast SD bishop They call his new legal move “frightening” SNAP: “It’s just one more way of hiding predators” Diocese seeks Chapter 11 protection & end to lawsuits WHAT Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will --harshly criticize San Diego’s bishop for using bankruptcy court to “keep clergy sex abuse secrets secret and prevent abuse survivors from having their day in court,” and --beg him to give victims a longer time to come forward, and not push for a tight deadline which re-victimizes many. They will also call on --Catholics to pressure top Catholic officials to “stop playing legal hardball” and fighting victims, --other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to step forward and report known and suspected clergy sex crimes and cover ups “so that kids receive protection and victims receive justice and healing,” and --police, prosecutors and other officials to work “harder and smarter.”   WHEN Monday, June 17 at 11:00 am WHERE On the sidewalk outside the US Federal Courthouse on F Street (between State and Union on north side) in downtown San Diego WHO Three-four survivors of sexual assault by Catholic clerics, including a San Diego man who is the local leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and a LA-area woman who is a widely-known survivor, advocate and public speaker

Take Action and Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

Child pornography is a federal crime. If you see or suspect images that may be child pornography, report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Line

 

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